What is the death? Physically? Or spiritually? A gentile who abstains from melacha is liable to death as it says "day and night they shall not stop" (sanhedrin 58b)

  • Not physically.
    – ezra
    Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 4:34

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This is discussed in the Gemara in Sanhedrein 58b-59a

Basically, if Gentiles keep Shabbat they cannot be put to death since they didn't do anything - and we never kill people for not doing something.

So it must mean some type of heavenly punishment.

  • I thought a transgression of kibud av va'em was liable for the death penalty? (Although we never did kill anyone for it...)
    – SAH
    Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 23:47
  • @SAH - I have no idea what you're talking about or what this has to do with this question. (There's a death penalty for injuring parents.) Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 14:25
  • so not for a lack of kibud av va'em (which would be "not doing something")?
    – SAH
    Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 14:28
  • @SAH - correct. Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 14:33

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